Buying glasses on Mars

Posted on August 29, 2018



Well, not really doing that on Mars, but a recent event reminded me of the book, “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.”

Mr. Ken needed a new pair of glasses. He has had his new prescription for over 8 months, but until he broke his current pair, he didn’t get around to even thinking about a new pair of glasses. He broke his pair when he fell asleep on the sofa and smooshed his head into the cushion. I had been telling him for months to try not to fall asleep on the sofa, but that is a rant for another day.

Where does Mr. Ken buy glasses, why Costco of course! Well, me, I wouldn’t dream of buying my glasses at the same place where I buy my 2 pounds of blueberries. We walk into Costco and Mr. Ken promptly tells the person in the glasses store that he wants a pair exactly like the pair he had before his current glasses. His current glasses have always been a tad too modern for him. Well, low and behold Costco still has the exact pair that he picked out 10 years ago. Mr. Ken briefly tries them on and says, “I’ll take these.” He even bought two pairs of the exact same frames, one for his regular glasses and one for his computer glasses. He doesn’t even bother looking at or trying on any other pairs.

Here is Mr. Ken with his old/new glasses. The picture was taken with his new toy phone. šŸ™‚

Ken selfie with old glasses

I contrast this with how I shop for glasses. The day after I get my new prescription, I go to our local Optical Shop. They are very nice in there and have a wide selection of frames, which changes from year to year, to keep up with the styles. I am on a first name basis with most of the help there. I must try on 20 different frames. Yet, I don’t make a decision that day, I sleep on it and come back the next day. I make it a point to get different frames every time I get new glasses.

In fairness to Mr. Ken, his two pair of glasses didn’t cost all that much. You could technically buy several more frames at Costco for what I paid for my glasses.

What about you? How do you shop for glasses?